Rehabilitating the Mother of all Cowards

Rehabilitating the Mother of all Cowards
Vol: 27 Issue: 22 Monday, December 22, 2003

It was a crushing blow to Arab pride to see Saddam Hussein, the Butcher of Baghdad, the strongman who held a nation in his iron grip for thirty-five years, surrender meekly without a fight.

For all his bluff and bravado, despite the fact he was armed with three weapons, Saddam neither fought nor ‘martyred’ himself to satisfy Arab honor.

Instead, initial reports at the scene had the tyrant emerging from a hole with his hands up, asking to negotiate.

Saddam had been the champion of the Arab world, in spite of his brutal occupation of Kuwait, and the subsequent murders of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shi’ite Muslims.

Saddam financed the Palestinian terrorists and was lionized by Yasser Arafat. Saddam was the first Arab national leader since Nebuchadnezzar to strike the heart of Israel without subsequently suffering defeat at Israeli hands.

When the smoke cleared after the Gulf War, Saddam was the last man standing, so to speak, so he wasn’t even defeated by the might American military machine.

Consequently, the Arab world saw Saddam as the ‘winner.’

Saddam’s refusal to back down in the face of impending invasion by the coalition this year expanded his legend even more. The Arab world was so proud of him that the buttons started popping off burnooses from Yemen to the West Bank.

When Baghdad fell with minimal resistance, the Arab world expressed “disappointment” that the Iraqis didn’t fight harder, while Palestinian mobs took to the streets carrying pictures of Saddam Hussein and chanting ‘Death to America’.

The Arab world took comfort from the fact that, while the ordinary Iraqis betrayed Saddam by not fighting harder, at least Saddam didn’t give up.

The legend grew that Saddam continued the fight from exile, directing the resistance from somewhere in the hills, like Osama bin Laden or even like the Prophet Muhammed.

It was too great a humiliation for the Arab ‘street’ to bear when their champion gave up like a coward, begging the Americans not to shoot him.

When the images were broadcast of a dirty, matted, subdued Saddam Hussein meekly opening his mouth to be examined by a coalition doctor, Arab pride hit a new low. Saddam’s daughter said from Jordan, “he must be drugged.”

That might have explained why he submitted after capture, but it doesn’t explain why he surrendered so meekly in the first place.

A good story takes time to invent.


Until the gullible Scottish paper, the Sunday Herald, ran a story saying the American description of the capture is US ‘propaganada’. The paper accepted at face value comments made during a radio interview by the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK], Jalal Talibani.

Talibani made his comments from Tehran, Iran. Here is how the PUK announced the capture of Saddam Hussein;

“Saddam Hussein was captured by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. A special intelligence unit led by Qusrat Rasul Ali, a high-ranking member of the PUK, found Saddam Hussein in the city of Tikrit, his birthplace. Qusrat’s team was accompanied by a group of US soldiers. Further details of the capture will emerge during the day; but the global Kurdish party is about to begin!”

The Sunday Herald unquestioningly ran the Kurdish account and it was immediately repeated round the world as fact.

Australia’s news service SMH, picked up the story, saying;

“The Western media in Baghdad were electrified by the Iranian agency’s revelation, but as reports of the arrest built, they relied almost exclusively on accounts from US military and intelligence organisations, starting with the words of the US-appointed administrator of Iraq, Paul Bremer: “Ladies and gentlemen: we got ‘im”.”

It further quoted, AS FACT, the following: “An unnamed Western intelligence source in the Middle East was quoted in the British Sunday Express yesterday: “Saddam was not captured as a result of any American or British intelligence. We knew that someone would eventually take their revenge, it was just a matter of time.” “

Just to add a bit more ‘credibility’ to the hearsay it was already reporting, the paper sniffed; “There has been no American response to the Kurdish claims.”

(If they ran a story saying President Bush ate a two-headed baby, it is unlikely there would be an American response to THAT, either — is there a point here?)

This was just what the Arab press was dreaming of. They grabbed the story, added a few tidbits like, after the Kurds located Saddam, they questioned him, then drugged him and left him in a hole for the Americans to find.

THAT explains why Saddam didn’t put up a fight. He was DRUGGED! None of the Arab accounts explained why the Kurds didn’t trot Saddam down to Coalition headquarters to claim the $25 million reward. (Maybe they didn’t need the money?)

Gulf Daily News: “Kurdish Fighters Drugged Tyrant”

Al-Jazeera: Saddam: Betrayed, Drugged and Traded”

Sify India: “Saddam Was Captured by Kurds, not US”

Newsweek picked up on it as well, apparently unwilling to believe the soldiers at the scene, their commanders, the Coalition spokespersons, the Pentagon and the President of the United States.

Newsweek’s sister news organization, MSNBC, ran their own story called, “Inside Red Dawn: Saddam Up Close”. Here’s how MBNBC reported it;

“But a knowledgeable U.S. official told NEWSWEEK that it didn’t quite happen that way. IN FACT, as Saddam was being handcuffed, he began to struggle with his captors. He spat at the soldiers. One of the commandos decked him, either with a punch or a rifle butt.”

Sooo, thanks for the FACTS. Why didn’t the soldiers on the scene tell it that way?

MSNBC explained, helpfully; “The military later tidied up the story of his capture for popular consumption.” So the military LIED about clubbing Saddam, but was willing to court-martial Lt. Col. Allan West (remember him?) for SAVING his platoon from an ambush by PRETENDING to shoot an Iraqi prisoner.

Let’s not forget Col West turned HIMSELF in for violating the rules of engagment.

Even though it almost cost him his rank, his pension and his reputation, he told the truth. But MSNBC said that the military ‘tidied up the story’? (Lied?)

The clever line where the American soldier said, “President Bush sends greetings”? Made up. The story about Saddam surrendering without a fight? Didn’t happen. The military are all liars, evidently.

MSNBC based their conclusions on an ‘unnamed US official’ who is evidently more credible than the officials who put their names and reputations on the line.

If the revised story were true, why use an ‘unnamed’ source? Would that ‘unnamed US official’ be dropped in Bush’s shredding machine if MSNBC identified him? What kind of people ARE we, anyway?

On Fox News this morning, Lt. Col. Richey, the commander of the Raiders who captured Saddam, was asked point blank what role the Kurds played in Saddam’s capture. Richey’s reply? “Absolutely none.”

Didn’t make any difference to the liberal media — they have found a ‘scandal.’ (Besides, we’ve already seen how those colonels lie).

Given the choice between ‘Saddam, the mother of all cowards’ and ‘America, the mother of all liars’, the Europeans, the Arabs, and even Newsweek and MSNBC prefer the image of America, the liar.

Despite the evidence. Despite the eyewitness accounts. Despite the video.

Why does the world hate us? Maybe they read our own newspapers — and worse, believe what they report as unspun fact.

In their world, their newspapers only print glowing accounts of their leadership.

We MUST be an evil people, indeed!


Today’s OL was written around my fever and copious quantities of cold medicine as I continue my battle with the incredible, invulnerable flu bug. Please forgive any typos. I’m doing my best.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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